KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee hired Alabama's Dave Hart as
its vice chancellor and athletic director.
The university said in a news release it will hold a news
conference at 6:30 p.m. to introduce Hart, who has worked since
August 2008 as executive director of athletics assisting Alabama
athletic director Mal Moore.
Tennessee had been looking for a new athletic director since
Mike Hamilton resigned in June in the wake of a lengthy NCAA
investigation into the Volunteers basketball and football programs
that resulted in a self-imposed two-year probation for the
Hart, 62, has also has advised the Atlantic Coast Conference and
was athletic director at Florida State for 13 years. He graduated
from Alabama and played basketball for C.M. Newton.
Hart eventually will be the first director to oversee a combined
department of men's and women's sports at Tennessee. Since Hamilton
resigned as the men's director, former women's AD Joan Cronan has
been serving as the interim director over both the men's and
Cronan will continue as women's athletics director until June 30
to help with the transition of combining the two departments. After
that she will work as a senior adviser to Hart and Chancellor Jimmy
Cheek for two years.